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Bellator welterweight champion Rory Macdonald is preparing for his superfight with Bellator middleweight champion, Gegard Mousasi, tomorrow night at arguably Bellator’s best-ever event on paper, Bellator 206. The event also features Wanderlei Silva vs. Rampage Jackson 4, uber-prospect Aaron Pico, and an exciting fight in Bellator’s welterweight Grand Prix, Andrey Koreshkov vs. Douglas Lima, as well as Muay Thai spinning elbow master Gaston Bolanos.
Macdonald, aside from being on the wrong end of the greatest welterweight title fight of all time against Robbie Lawler, famously defeated current UFC champion Tyron Woodley by a wide margin back in 2014. He was asked if he still pays attention to the state of the UFC’s 170-lb. division. He does, and doesn’t seem sorry to have left it behind him.
I see what’s going on; Tyron’s doing very well. Seems very dramatic, from what I can tell, so I’m happy to not be a part of that. I’m happy that I’m fighting great competition over here, getting great opportunities. That’s it. Just enjoying my sport.
When asked what he meant about ‘drama’, Rory clarified that he meant all the trash talk between fighters.
I find that stuff just annoying, and fake, not what martial arts is about. I’m happy to be here, where I feel like mixed martial arts can be represented in a more old-fashioned way.
Rory is very open to the idea of facing Woodley again, and he thinks it would be a more difficult fight the second time around.
Sure, I think it would be a competitive fight. I think it would be more competitive than our last fight. I think Tyron had expressed he wasn’t at his best for that fight, and who knows, but when you are fighting the top five guys in the world, anything can happen. I would love to have that fight again, being that we are both champions of our weight divisions in different promotions. You never know what the future holds.
Gegard Mousasi, like Rory Macdonald at welterweight, could very well be the best fighter in the world at middleweight, having exited the UFC on a five-fight win streak that has since extended to seven in Bellator. Being in a promotion that runs a distant second to the Ultimate Fighting Championship in terms of size, market share and density of top talent means proving one is the very best can be a difficult task. Rory thinks his fight with Mousasi this weekend will bolster his claim, though he doesn’t worry too much about it at the end of the day.
Sure! This fight this weekend, it could be better for me in that argument. If I go up and I win a middleweight title, it improves my standing in that argument in people’s opinion. I’m not worried about it. It’s just people’s opinion. I’m going out, challenging myself and enjoying it.
Leslie Smith confirms that the NLRB never reviewed the employee claims of UFC fighters, and will be appearing on an episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
Your random fact for the day: Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz have 59 fights between them without pulling out of a single one.
Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier have collectively fought 59 times with not one fight cancelled by their own fault. #UFC230— Alex Scaffidi (@alexscaffidi_) September 28, 2018
I had to laugh at how perfectly this fit- credit to Derrick Lewis for finding a good one.
Tobin’s weightlifting buddy was making some petulant expressions at his hearing, and they have entered MMA memeography
Jon Jones wrote some savage words to Daniel Cormier and the two-weight champion threw it right back at him.
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So here we go again Jonny boy. First off, if you did nothing wrong and were “innocent“ then you’d have never been suspended. You’ve had to stand before these people and arbitrators so many times it’s insane. So you slipped again, how many times can one man slip? I’ve been tested 70 times and I haven’t slipped once. How do you explain that? And on top of all the cheating you’ve done around UFC 182, UFC 200 and UFC 214 that’s not even the straw that broke the camel’s back. You are actually a SNITCH! You think you’re the only one that’s been offered this deal? No, you’re just the only scumbag low enough to take it! Which one of your teammates did you tell on to get this joke of a punishment from USADA! I thought there was nothing lower than a cheater but it’s not surprising that you show me a whole new level. You’re a cheater and a SNITCH! Get off my page and go do some coke, or steroids or whatever you losers do in your spare time. #doublechamp
Khabib does have to stand up with McGregor... for at least a fraction of a second.
Find someone who won’t rip your yoga mat out from under you in a fit of rage, ideally.
Find someone that looks at you the way Rumble looks at weed pic.twitter.com/OemYzKQZHh— RC Woodley (@RcTWood) September 28, 2018
Yeah, this was hilarious. Wait for Sage Northcutt
Nick Newell is stepping up his social media game
If I know Maniacs, this is worth your click.
Just before I sold MiddleEasy, I created a Tumblr of impossibly rare MMA imagery that I feared would get lost on the internet. It’s a time capsule of what MMA was. Never really shared it until now: https://t.co/OrJcmlow8f pic.twitter.com/JxJTHDB1w3— Zeus Tipado (@tipado) September 28, 2018
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
Oh MAN. This is one of those all-time classics, straight out of a movie
Speaking of classics, anyone remember this one?
That awkward moment when you find the one person in the world with the same sporting ability as you. pic.twitter.com/UI2evSkVTK— Boxing Kingdom (@BoxingKingdom14) September 28, 2018
Fantastic combination, the knee into the same-side punch is a classic, but turning the knee into a jump knee? Next level.
The rhythm on this
Brutal body kick